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bigmike Aug 23, 2006 01:47 AM

I'm at a loss based on the pevious thread of all the bad "good" places. Are there any unanimous favorites?

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    copacetic Aug 28, 2006 05:58 AM

    my favorite place for coctel de camarones is linda's mariscos in east la.

    it's a bit secluded so i don't think many folks have been lucky enough to try it but the few on this board that have seem to agree.

    1. davinagr Aug 23, 2006 06:15 PM

      Some of the fairly unanimous faves I've seen posted again and again seem to be:

      Mastros (OC)
      AOC
      MAX in Studio City
      The bacon wrapped hotdog carts in the toy/garment districts
      Brents Deli
      Roscoe's Chicken 'n Waffles (Gower)
      Tito's Tacos (kidding)

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        estone888 Aug 23, 2006 03:54 AM

        I'd be kind of horrified if there were any unanimous favorites. How mediocre do you have to be for everyone to like what you do? (I'm a writer. If I wrote a book that was universally acclaimed I'd be happy to spend the money but creatively speaking I'd be worried about what I'd done.) I figure that a good restaurant, fast food stand, food cart or wagon or whatever, to be really good, needs to have some sort of character of its own, something that makes it stand out. If that's the case, then someone's not going to like it. I think the secret of the success of the chains is that they deliver dependably mediocre food without any real character at low prices. They cater to the lowest common denominator.

        I think J&J Shanghai and Ya Ya's Burgers are great restaurants with real character. They've never disappointed me. Same goes for Water Grill, Tres Venizie and Saddlepeak Lodge at the higher end. I've had both good meals and bad meals at New Concept, Angelini Osteria, Matsuhisa and Babita, but I respect them for what they try to do.

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          Wes Aug 23, 2006 06:12 AM

          An eatery, pushcart to palace, which serves good food with good service at a good price, has all the character I require.

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            westsidegal Aug 24, 2006 04:09 AM

            taqueria sanchez, the one on centinela.
            remember they close at 7 on the weekdays.

            i'll vouch for the shrimp toastada, the shrimp tacos, and the mojarra frito (sp?).

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            Griller141 Aug 26, 2006 03:39 AM

            Agree - if there were unanimous favorites:
            1. they would be mobbed and all the other places would go broke
            2. there would be no need for this board
            3. we wouldn't be humans
            I personally don't think any of the 3 mentioned (Lucques, Valentino, and AOC) are worth the $ and/or hassle. As regards especially AOC, there is an old drug company aphorism - "the only good drug is a new drug" - that applies to restaurants.

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              MareZeeDotes Aug 28, 2006 03:18 PM

              Intersting perspective - I'm glad you brought it to the board.

            2. Das Ubergeek Aug 23, 2006 02:59 AM

              What kind of food do you want? How much do you want to pay? Where are you willing to go for this food, or where are you and how far will you drive? Is a big or fancy wine list important to you? A full bar? A trendy scene? Beautiful people? People of the restaurant's ethnicity eating there? A dive with great food?

              Speak up, man!

              1. Kitchen Queen Aug 23, 2006 02:01 AM

                Seems to me much of the fav's are expensive! - 25$+ p.p. Except maybe the Asian places...:)KQ

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                  pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo Aug 23, 2006 01:53 AM

                  Lucques, Valentino's, AOC generally deliver on great reputations.

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                    Steve Green Aug 23, 2006 06:22 AM

                    I seem to recall Lucques being near the top of the list of places that *don't* deliver on their great reputation, in the "bad-good-places" thread.

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                      shimpiphany Aug 26, 2006 01:38 AM

                      i've never had a bad experience or meal at lucques.

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